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Originally posted by WestPoint23
I meant in terms of A2A capability, of course the F-22 can’t be in 5 places at the same time, I believe the AF still says they need 381 F-22’s. If they get that many that's roughly a 1 to 1 replacement for the current F-15C/D fleet, pushing some of the newer Eagles into ANG service would ensue there isn’t a gap. The rest can go to reserve and AMARC.
The F-22 is actually getting less expensive, the F-35, well, who know what will happen with that one, right now F-35 projected numbers for the USAF range anywhere from 1,200-1,700. And again the F-15E and A-10 will remain in service until 2025.
Originally posted by Retseh
The current (and tiny) F-22A fleet already requires an estimated $1Bn to repair faulty titanium wing mesh assemblies, that doesn't equal getting cheaper, they are proving to be horrendously expensive.
Originally posted by VType
What puzzels me is that many of those retired/scrapyard aircraft would be highly welcomed assets to the US's stauchest allies. Yet they sit in the desert wasting away. Canada and Britian alone could use the cababilities and highly increase their Air Forces. Maybe its the Second hand rule at play here.
[edit on 3-4-2006 by VType]